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Alastair Stewart to leave ITV News.

I think the team is almost there but maybe a rebrand (presentation, not presenter) is actually what is needed to sell that, with some slight tweaks to who covers the main Evening and News at Ten bulletins - basically use Julie more across the two as primary cover.


Thinking about it on reflection I agree it's mainly the lack of Julie (but may very well be her choice) that doesn't help. I think also since all the bulletins went single headed that adds to the lack of the 'family' feel it used to have back in the early 2010's. But the single headed vs double headed is a debate for another day and another thread....

I can’t see what any of that has to do with this thread. Alastair wouldn’t have featured in any such promo anyway as he wasn’t the main presenter of any bulletin. He was seeing out the days until his retirement with a fairly light schedule of cover slots, albeit with a lot more gravitas and presence than the usual cover presenter would have.


Yeah apologies if this was slightly off tangent and probably would have been better placed in the ITV news thread - I was just feeling a bit nostalgic with the news of Al's departure.

I think in whole, following on from Pete's post. It's just a shame well respected journalists like Al end up jumping to the bait and giving their opinion a bit too much on social media and it ends in this kind of situation.

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Alastair Stewart to leave ITV News.

Haven't posted for a long while, but feel pretty sad about this. I pretty much grew up with Alastair on London Tonight and latterly ITV News so will be strange to see him not presenting any more (even though in recent times he hadn't been on as much). Will be intresting to see later down the line whether Alastair comments any further on this.

In a way I feel like this would be a good opportunity for ITV News to have a bit of a refresh (less presentation wise, more presenter wise). Although I actually don't mind Tom Bradby too much (he has definitely grown on me), I feel since Mark Austin was sidelined and left, there's been something missing. I think ITV News needs a 'core' team feel back like it was was a few years back (like the below promo). At the moment it definitely feels more Tom being the 'brand' then the others. Would be great if Tom, Mary, Julie and maybe even someone like Ranvir or even a new fresh face were seen more equally as part of the 'brand'.